SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously handed Supervisor Matt Haney’s laws to create a fund to assist town’s music and leisure venues, metropolis officers introduced.
The San Francisco Music and Leisure Venue Restoration Fund will purpose “to offer monetary assist to San Francisco’s venues which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” in keeping with a launch issued by Haney.
“It’s day for our metropolis and for our metropolis’s nightlife group. We’re
making a fund that may present aid, at a time when our venues want it essentially the most,” Haney mentioned within the launch.
The fund will likely be administered by the Workplace of Small Enterprise in session with the Workplace of Financial and Workforce Improvement and the Leisure Fee, officers mentioned. Haney has acknowledged he’s dedicated to figuring out at the least $1.5 million for the fund. Each the Leisure Fee and the Small Enterprise Fee have issued letters in assist of town allocating 1.5 million particularly for the fund.
Among the many companies hardest hit when compelled to shut when COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders have been issued final March, music and leisure venues have remained largely shut down for almost a yr.
San Francisco venue operators have been more and more vocal over the previous couple of months, calling on lawmakers to do one thing to offer monetary help.
“It’s been horrible seeing how all of our metropolis’s companies and industries have suffered throughout this pandemic, and the leisure sector is among the many hardest hit,” mentioned President of the Small Enterprise Fee Sharky Laguana, who has expressed assist for the fund. “Venues are the center of our metropolis’s tradition and a cornerstone of our metropolis’s financial system, so it’s great to see that they’re starting to get the assistance and a focus they deserve.”
“This can be a enormous first step,” mentioned Maria Davis, proprietor of St. Mary’s Pub and
co-owner of the Stud Bar, who’s a member of each venue teams. “We’re so grateful to Supervisor Haney and all the Board of Supervisors for acknowledging the significance of our reside leisure venues by creating this fund, in addition to to Mayor Breed for her ongoing assist of our business.”